This book encompasses many of the same themes as Dune - a savage planet that forces its population to excellence, breeding of superior humans, communication via subtle shifts in posture and voice, and a galactic conspiracy to suppress the threatening superior humans - but is an infinitely inferior work.
For one thing, there are at least two exclamation points per page. It gets tiring, being shocked! by! a new insight! every other paragraph!
More importantly, while every single character is a scheming, conniving, double-crossing super-agent, we're not given nearly enough background to understand any of their motivations, so it's really hard to care who's winning or why.
Classic Frank Herbert Sci-fi!
Dosadi is an artificially populated planet with a dark, dark secret. Jorg X. McKie, who was introduced in a companion novel \"Whipping Star\" is sent to investigate the goings-on on Dosadi, an assignment that could very well lead to his destruction.
Dosadi is a toxic planet, where survivors live either in an overpopulated fortress of a city and survive on their wits, or struggle to live on the poisonous Rim, where the very soil and plants are enemies. The people of Dosadi are tough indeed, but they are a lot more than just tough survivors. They hold a desperate secret that could upset the balance of the rest of the galaxy.
McKie\'s struggle to survive and to discover Dosadi\'s secrets make for a really exciting tale. The characters are vivid, creative (all kinds of sentient species) and very interesting. If you love good science fiction, this is a must-read.